A few people from "plant operations" were out this morning to climb up on the roof and apply some mastic to the base of the chimney. Apparently, although the chimney was in need of tuck-pointing (which was done earlier this year), it wasn't this that was likely causing the infiltration of the water into the cabin along the face of the chimney. The old chimney structure doesn't have a method of sealing and tying into the roof, and so the only (financially feasible) option seems to have been to use a cement. Well, that cement had weathered away, allowing water to infiltrate between the chimney and the roof.
The mastic -- which was applied just like layering a cake with icing -- should last two to three years before a need for re-application or touch-up.
The two guys suggested that perhaps the masonry should be sealed as well, but let's first see how things go with mastic.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.